Participation in practice - Nabeel Hamdi, Oxford Brookes University

This lecture outlines the impact of participation on practice, in particular how it can expand the scope and nature of practice in order to add strategic value to practical work. Nabeel Hamdi introduces the issues of equity and efficiency and their convergence in participatory work, and articulates the value of participation in building community and in human development.

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Berbera Profile , First Steps Towards Strategic Urban Planning

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This booklet outlines the basic steps taken towards effective and integrated urban development in the city of Berbera in the northern Somali region (Somaliland).

It discusses the tools and processes used – such as a city profile, a city consultation, a spatial analysis, and action plans – and the results that emerged. Ultimately, the publication acts as a comprehensive methodological tool for strategic urban planning.

How to Set Up and Manage a Town-Level Multistakeholder Forum: A Step-by-Step Guide

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There is no one best way to set up and manage a town-level multi-stakeholder forum. The composition of the multi-stakeholder forum and issues to be addressed will differ from one town to another. This Step-by-Step Guide has been developed with the understanding that one-size-does-not-fit-all. The users of the Guide are, therefore, encouraged to be flexible in developing multi-stakeholder partnerships in line with their local needs and resources.

Asset-Based Approach to Community Development and Capacity Building

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This report consists of five parts. Part one traces the origins of the debates surrounding conventional and alternative approaches to community development, against the broader backdrops of ‘need vs. asset’ and ‘people vs. place’ distinctions. Part two outlines the distinct perspectives of these two schools of thought on community development. Part three explores the barriers to asset-based approaches to community development.